Here at Wise Owls Initiative, we know that sometimes all it takes to change the world is a little support. Since the birth of her original initiative in 2018, our founder, Laura Jones, RN, has been determined to make an impact.
The passion to develop the WOI was planted in her heart while developing a Clinical Ladder project at the hospital where she worked in Cincinnati, OH.
She recognized the unique need to further
engage her elderly patients in particular, with the goal being to ward off negative consequences of isolation, and to attempt to halt the manifestations of Failure to Thrive. This led to her thinking of a way to make her idea a reality without adding even more stress to the already hard working staff. She quickly thought of the volunteer department. Having volunteered in both the hospital setting, as well as in a nursing home herself, she knew the value that volunteers bring to healthcare, and the enormous impact that they have.
Soon, together with the volunteer coordinator, she developed a plan to bring that meaningful engagement to the elders. While her Evidence Based Research project and initiative was very well received, a move across the country temporarily interrupted her project.
Fast forward just a bit to 2020, and she was thrilled to bring her vision to North Austin Texas and surrounding areas. The Wise Owls Initiative has blossomed into a nonprofit organization 501(c)(3) (EIN 85-1134548) so that we can offer free, Covid friendly volunteer services to our elderly friends, and provide evidence based research data to contribute to better the healthcare outcomes for elders everywhere.
We remain passionate about our cause, and seek partnerships with other organizations that share our mission and core values, to bring about change for a better tomorrow. We cherish the wisdom, experience, and life of all people, and most certainly, our elders.
Our organization recognizes that in order to realize change, we have to get involved. That's why Laura is a member of the Texas Nurses Association, and the Alzheimers's Impact Movement. Together, we can work with Congress to be a champion for the elderly and the community at large. Using our voice is just the beginning to building a wonderful future for all.
Through all of our endeavors we hope to display the conviction behind our beliefs.
Through Engagement, We Thrive.